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Martha Wright & Tommy E. Vannoy
Wed 5 Mar 1965
Crash Kills Collinsville man

Tommy Edward Vannoy, 55, of Collinsville died Friday afternoon from injuried he received when his pickup collided with a train.
Mr. Vannoy's 1981 Dodge pickup collided with a Union Pacific train as he was eastbound on Crossroads Road.  Mr. Vannoy was enroute to milk his cows at a farm house a few feet from the railroad tracks.  Witnesses said that Mr. Vannoy waved when he passed by them and did not see the train coming until it was to late.
The train was traveling south-bound when Mr. Vannoy pulled out in front of the train.  The train hit directly on the passenger side of the truck's door, slinging the truck sideways off of the railroad track.  The truck came to a rest in the grass by the side of the railroad tracks approximately 20 feet from the impact site.  The train was approximately a half-mile long and was traveling at 50 miles per hour when the impact occurrerd, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Kevin Galyon.
The train tracks were littered with pieces of the half-ton truck.  Troopers stepped over the pick-up's battery to measure the distance the truck was thrown.  The truck's windshield was knocked loose from the truck and lay at the foot of the railroad crossing sign.  Apparently the train took about half a mile to stop.
Paramedics arrived on the scene to try and revive Mr. Vannoy but were unsuccessful.  Mr. Vannoy was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Shirley Miller of Whitesboro.
A witness tot he wreck said that Vannoy saw the train but did not attempt to stop.
"Vannoy just sort of jumped when he saw the train, but he did not speed up or attempt to stop," the witness said.
Mr. Vannoy was killed on impact from multiple blunt force trauma to his head.  Mr. Vannoy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, Galyon said.
The train appeared nearly undamaged, except for a broken headlamp.  The engineer of the train was not available for comment.

Tommy Vannoy

Collinsville - Services for Tommy Edward Vannoy of Route 1, Collinsville, 55, who died Friday in Collinsville, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Collinsville Church of Christ.
Oliver Bush and Eddie Parrish will officiate, and burial will be in Collinsville Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Huff Funeral Home.
Mr. Vannoy was born in Ethel, the son of Ivan and Leta Vannoy, and married Martha Wright Vannoy on March 5, 1965 in Whitesboro.  He was employed by General Motors in Arlington and was a member of Ethel Church of Christ.
Surviving are his sons, Michael Edward Vannoy of Ethel and Brian Lee Vannoy of Stillwater., Okla.; parents, of Ethel; brother, Dickey Mack Vannoy of Ethel; and sister, Barbara Elaine Dutton of Pottsboro.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

By Elaine Nall Bay & Patricia Nall

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